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How to show or hide formatting marks in Word?

There are many formatting marks in Word document, such as tab characters, spaces, paragraph marks, hidden text, optional hyphens, object anchors, optional breaks and so on. Some of them are shown and some of them are hidden by default. Follow this tutorial to learn how to show or hide them in Word.

Show or hide formatting marks in Word 2003

Show or hide formatting marks in Word 2007/2010/2013

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Step 1: click Tools menu > click Options

Step 2: click View tab, check any formatting marks in Formatting marks section to show them in document, or you can check All item to show all kinds of formatting marks in document.

The keyboard shortcut of showing all formatting marks: Ctrl+* or Shift+Ctrl+8


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Step 1:

click Officeicon  and then click Word Options in Word 2007;

click Filetab  and then click Options in Word 2010/2013.

Step 2: click Display, in Always show these formatting marks on the screen section, check to show them in documents or you can check Show all formatting marks to show all formatting marks in document.

Note: If you want to show or hide all formatting marks, you can click  under Home tab, or you can press shortcut Ctrl+* to switch showing or hiding.


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1. Please apply the utility by clicking Enterprise > Display Settings in View group, see screenshot:

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2. Check the formatting marks you want to show in the Formatting Marks section, or hide them by unchecking. See screenshot:

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    ann r.thornhill · 10 months ago
    [quote name="Gary Ouellet"]I have lines in my documents which I cannot remove. I tried using see formatting marks, but these do not show so that I can remove the lines. What is there to be done to get rid of these lines.[/quote]
    [quote name="Sachin"]i m using word 2010. i have one table of word doc. in word doc i can't edit any word because in table showing I (green color) type word. & i cant edit in word doc. please send me solution as soon as possible.[/quote]
    I am trying to remove format lines from my document as stted by "Gary Ouellet"
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    Gary Ouellet · 10 months ago
    I have lines in my documents which I cannot remove. I tried using see formatting marks, but these do not show so that I can remove the lines. What is there to be done to get rid of these lines.
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    v.c. Jayaramaiah · 1 years ago
    paragramaph marks box automatically selects or what it was embarrasing finally I opened the Tools , Options click on view button go to formatting marks uncheck the paragraph marks box cliock O.K. that will do
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    Lee · 3 years ago
    Sachin,
    Can you explain more what you are saying, and if possible, link to a screen capture of your problem?
    Thanks
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    Sachin · 3 years ago
    i m using word 2010. i have one table of word doc. in word doc i can't edit any word because in table showing I (green color) type word. & i cant edit in word doc. please send me solution as soon as possible.